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The Real Bill Maher

Bill Maher gets real with Kelly Carlin-McCall about life, work and religion. Smart, funny, bold, proverbial line-crosser –...

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The Battle Over Ulysses

 The court case that changed the way Americans read. During a first-season episode of the excellent AMC TV series Mad Men,...

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The Legacy of the San Patricios

To the Mexicans they were heroes. To the Americans they were traitors. They were recent Irish immigrants fleeing poverty and...

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Still Fiddlin’ Away

From his days with The Bothy Band, some thirty years ago now, to the present, Kevin Burke, who was born in London to Irish...

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Broadway’s Irish Colleen: Kelli O’Hara

We all know the wonderful score of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The romantic ballads such as “Some...

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In This Issue

The Real Bill Maher

Bill Maher outside the Vatican

Bill Maher gets real with Kelly Carlin-McCall about life, work and religion. Smart, funny, bold, proverbial line-crosser – all of these words could be used to describe Bill Maher.  They also could...

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The First Word: Sharing the American Dream

Patricia Harty

This issue is a feast of Irish-Americana. There’s something to suit every taste and even the pickiest reader. Some history, some humor, some of who we are today. There’s the inspirational...

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The Brilliance of Beckett

On Wednesday, July 23, as part of Lincoln Center Festival’s stunning Gate|Beckett series, an audience of some 75 Samuel Beckett devotees gathered in Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse...

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Galway Arts Festival

An installation at the Galway Arts Festival

The 31st Galway Arts Festival, which ran from July 14-27, was another huge success for both the city and lovers of the arts.  Though Ireland was soaked with enough rain to dampen the most ardent...

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The Conventions

Ted Kennedy at the Democratic Convention

Ireland was in the background at this year’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions, but it was there. On the eve of the Democratic Convention in Denver, Senator Barack Obama appeared in...

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Irish Eye On Hollywood

Greening of Southie

Liam Cunningham is an Irish actor to look out for as fall approaches. He has built up an impressive resume of Irish and British movies, including Ken Loach’s provocative Irish Civil War Epic The...

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The Battle Over Ulysses

Famed author James Joyce

 The court case that changed the way Americans read. During a first-season episode of the excellent AMC TV series Mad Men, set in the New York advertising world of the 1960s, several secretaries are...

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Broadway’s Irish Colleen: Kelli O’Hara

Kelli O'Hara  in South Pacific

We all know the wonderful score of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The romantic ballads such as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Younger Than Springtime,” the joyous numbers...

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The Legacy of the San Patricios

President James Polk who declared war on Mexico

To the Mexicans they were heroes. To the Americans they were traitors. They were recent Irish immigrants fleeing poverty and famine in Ireland who, motivated by discrimination in their own ranks, a...

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Among Other Things: An Interview with Aoibheann Sweeney

Aoibheann with her daught Lilla

Aoibheann Sweeney’s debut novel, Among Other Things, I’ve Taken Up Smoking, is quite simply the story of a girl’s journey from one island to another. Miranda Donnal is a young woman caught...

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Review of Books

Recommended The Likeness by Tana French Tana French made a surprise splash with critics and readers when her debut novel In the Woods was released last year.  Aside from spending weeks on numerous...

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Still Fiddlin’ Away

Kevin Burke

From his days with The Bothy Band, some thirty years ago now, to the present, Kevin Burke, who was born in London to Irish parents, has been one of the most widely admired fiddlers on the Irish...

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Roots: The Mighty Mahers

O Meagher coat of arms

The Irish surname Maher, appearing also as O’Meagher, Meagher, O’Maher and Mahir, originated in County Tipperary. The name stems from the surname O’Meachair, a derivation of the word...

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Sláinte!: All Hail the Humble Spud!

Back in first grade my See Spot Run primer told how Dick and Jane grew potatoes in their backyard and roasted them in an autumn leaf bonfire. If those kids can do that, I thought, so can I. Mom...

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Hibernia

Galway Arts Festival

The 31st Galway Arts Festival, which ran from July 14-27, was another huge success for both the...

Irish Eye On Hollywood

Liam Cunningham is an Irish actor to look out for as fall approaches. He has built up an impressive...

The Conventions

Ireland was in the background at this year’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions, but...

The Brilliance of Beckett

On Wednesday, July 23, as part of Lincoln Center Festival’s stunning Gate|Beckett series, an...